Free government cell phones in Maryland are being provided through the government Lifeline program.  These phones are given to low-income families that help those keep in touch with friends and family and provide a number that potential employers can call to reach you.

Originally started in 1984 by Ronald Regan, this service was first created to provide LAN lines (home telephone service) to low-income families.  It has since been modified to provide cellular service.

Applying for one of these phones is easy.  In order to be eligible, you must receive some form of government assistance such as:

  • Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • National School Lunch Program (Free Lunch Program Only)
  • Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP)
  • Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP)
  • Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP)
  • Public Assistance to Adults (PAA)
  • Food Stamps
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Total household income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

Other government programs are accepted.  You can contact any of the state‚Äôs government offices if you have any questions or concerns.


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